Apple has finally announced that it’s going to replace Intel’s x86 based processors to its very own ARM-based Processors called Apple Silicon
This shift has been rumored for a while now, and Apple officially outlined what it all means for the Mac at WWDC yesterday.
Apple highlighted that the Apple Silicon lineup will bring improved GPU. High-Performance Storage, higher efficeincy and so on. Apple is currently in the process of designing processors especially to cater to Mac hardware. This will result in a common architecture among all Apple devices.
Apple also announced the macOS 11 Big Sur. This update brings all sorts of visual changes and redesigns that largely bring many iOS and iPadOS design elements to the Mac.
Everything in macOS 11 Big Sur is designed to run on Apple Silicon and Apple said the vast majority of developers will be able to get their applications up and running on Apple Silicon in a matter of days. The company highlighted that Microsoft is already working on updating Office for the Mac to run on Apple Silicon and Adobe is working on Creative Cloud updates as well.
For emulation, macOS Big Sur will include a new version of Rosetta to translate existing Intel apps to work on Apple Silicon, with the apps being translated at the time of install to ensure the best performance possible.
Even further, because the iPhone, iPad, and Mac will all share a common chip architecture, Apple Silicon means that you will be able to run iPhone and iPad applications on the Mac. Most apps will work without any changes, and they will all be available to be downloaded via the Mac App Store.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the first Apple Silicon Mac will be the 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as a 24-inch iMac. Apple did not offer specifics during today’s WWDC keynote, however.
So what does the roadmap for this transition look like? Apple announced that it will ship its first Apple Silicon Mac to consumers starting later this year. In total, Apple anticipates that it will be a two-year transition process to bring the entire Mac lineup to the new processors.